Today, we are pleased to announce the semifinalists of the Coca-Cola Shaping a Better Future Grant Challenge.

The competition, now in its fourth year, rewards acceleration funding to the most promising and inspiring community projects led by Global Shapers from around the world.

This year, we received more than 100 submissions. Global Shapers voted on the top 13 projects they believe have the greatest potential for growth and continued impact and will now select five finalists to be announced in December. These five winners each will receive $10,000, and a panel of judges from Coca-Cola, the World Economic Forum and a third-party partner will select one grand prize winner to meet with senior Coca-Cola leaders.

Learn more about the 13 semifinalist projects:

Ahmedabad, India – Shaping Education

The Shaping Education project builds educational resources and educates young Indians on subjects not included in conventional curricula. Alternative education is the way forward to create an empathetic and aware generation. By addressing non-conventional issues such as: gender sensitivity; menstrual taboo; lack of access to knowledge for underprivileged; lack of awareness of basic citizen rights, Shaping Education is creating sustainable community libraries, online DIY tutorials for educators, workshops to educate community on rights and gender, and extending access to information, such as educating communities on civic processes.

Bogotá, Colombia – Bakongo Paz

The Bakongo Paz project promotes peace in Colombia by empowering young change makers and demobilized people from armed groups to create a camp together for children from vulnerable backgrounds. By leveraging a methodology that creates an environment of peacebuilding, such as sharing a house, rooms, and meals, the Bakonga Paz project is helping form life-changing memories and creates the ultimate immersive experience for peace and tolerance building in Colombia. Participants are also empowered to become peace ambassadors, sharing their experiences of reconciliation to motivate others to promote peace in their own communities.   

Cali, Colombia – Green Architecture for All

The Green Architecture for All project inspires and empowers young people to actively take part in entrepreneurial sustainable architecture initiatives in Cali, and encourages them to be positive change agents and peace makers in their region. Using an incubator model, the project hosts event that young people, mentors, entrepreneurs and academics to join together in creating environmentally focused architecture and sustainable urbanism projects. Green Architecture for All focuses on using local resources, recycled materials and technologies available to young people in each community, and on empowering young people to create their own impact initiatives in their neighborhoods.

Chandigarh, India – Shaping Vision

The Shaping Vision project provides access to eye care for the underprivileged students. The goal of the campaign is to ensure that poor vision and eyesight is not an impediment to education and learning among underprivileged students. The Shaping Vision strategy is based on: Quantifying the challenge by conducting a baseline surveys in schools to test students for health vision; Addressing the challenge by taking corrective action and providing eye care in schools; and Alleviating the challenge by building awareness on proper vision and self-care including healthy diet and exercises.

Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo – Healthcare for All

The Healthcare for All project provides primary healthcare accessibility to the poorest communities and the most remote villages, far from the referral hospitals. Aiming to help families in rural villages and underprivileged, the Healthcare for All project provides access to junior doctors, by giving the right of medical clinical visits twice and weekly to their home. Families receive primary healthcare and access to essential medicines.

Ho, Ghana – The Water Purification Project (WPP)

The Water Purification Project (WPP) improves access to sustainable clean and safe water by using locally-designed technology and civic education. WPP addresses the critical challenge of contaminated drinking water sources in selected communities in Ho. Through WPP, the Ho community is educated on cleaner drinking water solutions and basic sanitation measures. Additionally, sustainable water solutions will be provided to the community with the drilling of a borehole with the main objective of improving health and educational outcomes in the affected communities.

Joinville, Brazil – Politize! Political and Civic Education in Schools

The Politize! project provides political and civic education to teenage students, through fun and interactive educational games. Politize!, a web-based initiative, is now aiming to take political education to schools, by providing gamified educational tools to enable teachers to make learning about politics easy and fun. Brazil is living an unprecedented political crisis that has been amplified by social networks on the Internet, these events have taken “politics” from general disinterest to one of the nation’s greatest interests. This is the right time to introduce massive, high-quality free educational content accessible to people anytime, anywhere.

Kabul, Afghanistan – Toward Resilience

The Toward Resilience project creates economic opportunities for skilled individuals to start micro-business and creates employment for youth who could be victims of insurgent operations. The Toward Resilience project creates an investment cycle, where the first investment is repaid once the micro-business is sustainable. By investing in micro-businesses that increase employment in rural communities, Toward Resilience is giving more opportunities to the most underrepresented and underprivileged segment of Kabul, encouraging them not to join insurgent groups as a means for survival. The “invested” then “pay-back” once their micro-business is successful and sustainable. That way, the impact can be multiplied.

Kathmandu, Nepal – The Model School

The Model School project is building a Sustainable Model School equipped with modern child-friendly classrooms and smart grids, complemented with innovative learning methods that serves as a community center during calamities. Since the Nepal Earthquake in 2015, Kathmandu Hub has been working with partners on the ground to build 10 semi-permanent schools in rural Sindhupalchowk. The school structure currently under construction will feature 10 child-friendly classrooms, science and computer labs, library, playgrounds, cafeteria, toilets and administrative areas. Furthermore, the school will have smart grids, solar power, and water recharge facilities. Aiming to be the prime example of public-private partnership in the education sector, The Model School project will elevate the status of a government school and serve as a template for future reconstruction.

Morelia, Mexico – The Transformation Orchestra and Choir

The Transformation Orchestra and Choir is changing children’s lives through music and providing them with social interaction, helping them to avoid falling into drug abuse and organized crime. The Transformation Orchestra and Choir allows children to find different meanings to their lives, and it boosts education while strengthening a sense of community. This project is building a center where children attend daily. There, they turn on the light of hope and bring it back home.

Uyo, Nigeria – Education for Sustainable Development

The Education for Sustainable Development project is enhancing educational support in the state of Akwa Ibom by building libraries and giving access to reading materials to more than 675,000 students and, training mentors to increase academic achievements. By focusing on enabling Akwa Ibom students to pursue their right to education, Education for Sustainable Development is eliminating the barriers students face by providing activities and programs that are innovative, evidence-based and sustainable.

Venice, Italy – RefugIT

The RefugIT project creates an open database of best practices on immigration and migrant integration in order to develop a practical toolkit for professionals, NGOs and institutions to develop and enhance welcome and integration processes. Integration is one of the greatest problems that still has to be successfully solved. RefugIT aims to engage with multiple stakeholders to create a common framework that improves the welcoming process and integration, of immigrants. The project consists in collecting best practices to create a platform and an open database to disseminate findings and draft guidelines.

Yerevan, Armenia – Creativity Lab: Reshaping Education through Storytelling

The Creativity Lab project creates opportunities for children to engage in non-formal education through creative labs helping the development of personality, values and change-maker’s mind-set. This project was developed as storytelling platform for children aged 7-9 years to enhance development of children’s personality and values through power of fairy tales, promoting love and interest to reading. The program features sessions and activities that boost creative thinking and shape mindsets for change-makers